[TxMt] Some feature requests
fbilhaut at info.unicaen.fr
Sun Sep 25 06:59:50 UTC 2005
Congratulations for your TextMate software, I just switched to MacOS
and I have to say that it seems to be very good. JEdit seems to be
still ahead regarding features, but unfortunately it is almost
unusable for me under MacOS because it is too slow. So I'm very
interrested in TextMate, but it lacks several features I need.
Since it is payware, and because you may be interested in potential
users' requests, here is what prevents me from purchasing TextMate
for now :
- I use to write large documents in XML, and I use the soft wrapping
feature. But unfortunately the indentation is not properly handled in
this mode, since only the first "physical" line gets indented. You
probably now JEdit does that very well, I may send a screenshot if
- I need some way to close XML tags automatically with the easyiest
possible keystroke. For some reason, the shortcut for this feature
does not work on my system (Tiger on iBook G4 and latest version of
TextMate). Also, I think that the JEdit way to do this is very good :
you just have to type "</" and the rest of the closing tag comes up
automatically. For me this is far more natural than typing an
For me the lack of these two features above is a real show stopper.
Also, I have some less important feature requests :
- It seems that it is not possible to use tabs without creating a
project. It would be nice to have an option to say where newly open
files should be opened (in a tab or a new window).
- I noticed that using the tabulation key when a block is selected
does not increment the block but simply deletes it. I assume that
there is another shortcut for this, but I think it would be much more
convenient to be able to use the tab key as for a single line, as
almost all good editors do.
- And of course, having the possibility to have a simple file browser
without creating a project would be great. By the way, it also seems
weird to me that the project explorer expands at the right of the
main window and not at the left, which is quite unusual under MacOS
and does not do well with window maximizing functions.
Thanks for your attention,
GREYC - Université de Caen
Campus II - Sciences 3 - Bureau 385
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